110 Tasting Notes
1 1/2 tsp for 8 oz
Worked for me while I was eating breakfast, but as I kept drinking it after eating, the astringency got to be too much. Hmmm… Will go back to 180 for 2 min next time. I think that was the sweet spot for me.
2 rounded tsp for 16 oz
Brewed it a little stronger this time. Still rounded, smooth, silky. Drinking it first thing in the morning without milk and sugar which is a big deal for me. I am eating toast between sips which helps my stomach handle the straight tea first thing. But, this tea is so smooth, it is going down easy.
2 tsp for 12 oz.
Wow, this is tasty! It tastes like a Yunnan Dian Hong to me. Smooth.
I’m not familiar with any other Golden Monkey teas, I should try some others.
Rounded tsp in 8 oz
Worked great as a breakfast tea with no additions! Towards the end of the cup, it was cooling off and I was feeling the astringency. I took a tip from Stacy of Butiki and added some more hot water, and that really worked to smooth it out enough to keep drinking it without adding sugar or milk!
1 tsp for 8 oz.
I love this! It’s not very “sophisticated” or anything, but it’s smooth, has a pleasant, fruity flavor, and it’s inexpensive enough to be a daily tea. Honestly, it is very close to being a black tea but a bit more subtle. Really like this one!
1 heaping tbsp in 16 oz
Yummy as always. Today, I felt a little extra sensitive to astringency, though. There is a slight hint of astringency in this tea… barely any at all, really, but today I was feeling it a little more pronounced than usual. So, I did the unthinkable and added a 1/2 tsp of sugar to the 16 oz of tea. That just smoothed it out for me without changing the flavor.
I’ve decided not to beat myself up over adding just a tiny bit of sugar to my tea if I feel like it. I know that a gorgeous tea like this one doesn’t need it, but sometimes I just want my tea a little extra sweet and juicy. Not always, just now and then.
I am cold-steeping the used leaves overnight for what I know will be a delicious iced tea I can drink with my lunch tomorrow. Yay!
1 tsp for 6 oz
OK, now this is a pleasant tea! Been looking for something inexpensive that tastes decent for a daily morning tea, and this might be it!
It’s not as intense and smoky as the Hao Ya B. But, it does have some Keemun character in a lighter, smoother version. Brewed as I did, there is really not much astringency to speak of (just a little in the finish), but there is definitely flavor.
I think this Keemun is a great value. I’ll have to try a side by side comparison of all the ones I have soon.
1 tsp for 6 oz
Holy Smoke! Yep… very smoky and intense. Gorgeous red liquor. A little bit astringent, but smoother than I would have expected for such a strong tea.
1 1/2 tsp for 8 oz
Beautiful aroma, gorgeous light gold liquor. Medium oxidized and not roasty. It has a lovely, fruity flavor.
Only downside was quite a bit of astringency in the finish. I’m going to try a lower temp next time to see if that goes away. Also, there was quite a bit of dust/fannings in one of my sample packets. It must have been the bottom of the bag. I will infuse just the larger leaves next time.
This is a type of oolong right up my alley! Not too green, not charcoally. Perfect when I want something a bit lighter than a black.
Cold brewed my used leaves from yesterdays pot for 24 hours in the fridge. It is a super-refreshing, tasty beverage! No sugar needed!